Through Christ from A-Z
Copyright © 2016 by
Au'Vonnie E. Alexander
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a Rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – Dr. Maya Angelou
I humbly come to you
as best as I know how, thanking you for this opportunity you have
given me to express my love for you and my gratitude for the positive
blessings that I have received from following in your steps.
The idea for this
book has been a long time coming, and I am thankful that you have
given me continuous strength, courage, and wisdom
to share what has been in my heart for some time now.
I am not a preacher
or a teacher by any means; nor am I someone who thinks she knows
everything. Quite frankly, I am far from perfect—but I am a child
of Christ and I feel that it is my responsibility to share what God
has bestowed upon my heart to others.
I pray that as each
individual reads this book—man or woman, boy or girl—it opens
their hearts, minds, and souls while helping them flourish mentally
and spiritually with Christ as their guide.
As each person reads
this book and learns of my story, I pray that they understand that I
too have had trials in life. I too have had to mend broken pieces of
myself. I hope that anyone reading this will feel their pain,
sadness, or insecurity disintegrate—and I hope that they are
reminded that as long as they have Christ, everything is possible,
and everything will be okay.
I thank you in
advance. I love you.
These and other
blessings I ask, in Jesus' name;
“My flesh and
my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion
forever.” - Psalms 23:76
Born in Oakland, CA
to a single mother and an absentee father, I was an only child,
raised by my mother and my grandmother.
Growing up in the
church, I always had something in me that was quite different from
children my age: I loved learning about the Lord; I loved teaching
and showing others what I knew; I loved being active and spreading
the love of God to my peers.
As I grew older,
those things stayed with me. To this day, I still apply what I
learned back then to my everyday life.
Although I am only
27 years old, I believe that when you walk by faith and allow God
into your life, he leads you, guides you, directs you, and protects
you—even when you don’t ask him to. Of course, throughout your
life, you will go through trials and sufferings. You will experience
rain before sunshine, but those troubles don’t last as long as they
In this book, each
letter of the alphabet has a positive word, followed by a sentence,
then a story from a piece of my life, along with a scripture that
coincides with the message. Use that as much as you can. Repeat it
day by day to remind yourself that a positive can be found even in
the most negative of situations.
Through Christ from A-Z,” my goal is to place positive vibes in
everyone’s hearts, and to reiterate that no matter where you come
from, no matter the sticky situations you may deal with, there is
always something to be thankful for and there is always a light
at the end of that dark tunnel.
Awesome – Always tell yourself that you are AWESOME
and believe it. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently. Keep a
positive mind with positive thoughts.
When I think of the
word Awesome, what automatically pops up in my head is the song
“AWESOME” by Charles Jenkins.
Some of the Lyrics
say “My God is Awesome / He can move Mountains / keep me in the
valley / hide me from the rain / my God is Awesome / heals me when
I’m broken / strength where I’ve been weakened / forever he will
We all have moments
in our lives where we feel a bit down. We may feel weak, broken, and
unsure of ourselves, but we must remind ourselves that we are God’s
children. We are awesome and we are more than conquerors.
A few years ago, I
was going through what I call my “quarter-life crisis.” I was
having a conversation with a friend, telling her of all my troubles
and all that I felt was wrong with my life at the time. Of course,
being the good friend that she is, she reassured me that everything
would be OK.
Now, as human
beings, when we have our “moments” a lot of the time, we don’t
want to hear what other people have to say. It goes in one ear and
out the other. At the time of my crisis, I was distraught, blindsided
by my own thoughts and confused about life.
Once I calmed down,
my good friend looked me in the eyes and said, “I wish you could
see in you, what I see in you. If you stop that crying, and remember
that you are SMART, BEAUTIFUL, and FREAKIN’
AWESOME, then everything will happen the way it is supposed
to, when it is supposed to. I look up to you because of all
that you have done, and you have so much more to do.”
In that moment, our
talk comforted me and reminded me that despite what I was going
through, it all would be fine in due time. The song said, “My
God is Awesome / heals me when I’m broken,” and I knew he
would do just that.
And that he did.
“Come and see
what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!”
- Psalms 66:5
I am AWESOME
Bold – You are BOLD—not hesitant, not fearful. You
are willing to step out on a limb and go for the goal. Taking risks,
not being afraid to step out and try something new—that’s being
I love telling this
It was May 2012. I
had graduated from college with my Bachelor’s Degree and was
concerned about what the next chapter in life would be. Some college
students are very fortunate to have a “career” after graduating.
For some, it takes a bit more time.
thereafter, I moved to Orlando FL to work for the Walt Disney Company
at Disney World for an 6-month internship. This was pretty much a
break after college to relax, relate, and release. It also allowed me
to work for a great company and figure out what I wanted to do in the
After the program
was over, I moved back to California with my family in the Bay
Area—only to realize that California was not where my heart was
anymore. It was already difficult being a college graduate with no
job, and the living in California was so expensive. While living in
Florida, I met people who became more than friends; they were like
family. I could not imagine my life without them.
There were four of
us total, all four of us living in four different states: California,
Michigan, Ohio, and Texas.
While on Skype one
night, we were all explaining how unhappy we were in our current
situations and we were trying to figure out our next move. Honestly,
it took no time at all to literally make a pact to move to
Houston where the living was cheap and the job opportunities were
From moving back to
California in January, to packing up all I had (which was not that
much), and then moving 3,000 miles to Houston by September of that
year—talk about being BOLD. I left my Family, my friends,
and all that I knew to start a new journey that I was not even sure
would work out at the time. I had an apartment with no furniture for
at least 6 months and a car that eventually got totaled in an
accident. Nonetheless, almost 3 years later, I have a career, great
friends, and no regrets.
Life is about taking
risks, stepping out on faith and following your heart. You never know
where that BOLDNESS may lead you.
“On the day I
called, you answered me; you made me bold with strength in my soul.”
- Psalm 138:3
to me is ….
Confident – Being CONFIDENT is key. Walk with your
head held high. As long as you have CONFIDENCE, you can
accomplish anything and everything.
“If you have no
confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” –
Let me tell you all
something: it took me almost 27 years to have full CONFIDENCE in
myself. I mean that confidence where you don’t need anyone’s
validation but your own, that confidence where you walk in the room
with your head held high and own it—that!
Growing up, believe
it or not, I was shy and had no confidence whatsoever. Yes, in church
I was outgoing, spoke my mind, and was the first to want to be
active. Outside of church, oh no….
I was quiet, too
afraid to let my inner light shine, and I cared WAY too much about
what other people thought. Even throughout High School and College,
this was a problem. It got better, but not as much as it has in my
About a year ago, a
friend and I were text messaging and I asked him, “If there was one
thing that you would change about me, what would it be?”